Vladimir Nabokov family papers
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Surrogates required; consult Houghton staff (series V., Digital and audiovisual material).
Part of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
Restricted use of digital material: limited access; use surrogate. Consult Houghton staff.
Conditions Governing Use
Extent20 linear feet (20 boxes)
Series I: includes partial drafts of Vladimir Nabokov’s later novels: notes for "The Original of Laura," and Russian translation of "Ada," research notes for unrealized project, "Butterflies in Art" and several other compositions; it also includes copies in Nabokov’s hand of several of his poems, and research notes and galley proofs with corrections of the second edition of Nabokov’s translation of Alexander Pushkin’s "Eugene Onegin." Series also includes chess problems composed by Nabokov between the years of 1939 and 1975, and Dmitri Nabokov’s translation drafts of Mikhail Lermontov’s "A Hero of our time" and Vladimir Nabokov’s "The University poem."
Series II: includes letters from Vladimir Nabokov parents to him and his wife Véra, letters from Vladimir and Véra Nabokov to their son Dmitri, and a small number of letters to other correspondents. It also includes letters to Dmitri Nabokov from his high school and college friends, and relatives.
Series III: includes notebooks and address books of Vladimir and Véra Nabokov and index cards with drafts, research notes, drawings, poems, lists of books and household items, notes removed from books in Nabokov’s library, notes from Vladimir to Véra, poems and drawings and anniversary notes addressed and dedicated to Véra, notes to Dmitri and other miscellaneous notes. It also includes notes in Véra’s hand and other unidentified hands
Series IV: includes watercolor and pencil drawings, and sketches by Vladimir Nabokov. Drawings include landscapes, fantastic creatures, caricatures, humorous sketches, and drawings of butterflies.
Series V: includes audio and digital media created by Dmitri Nabokov with his personal and business correspondence, financial files, drafts of translations and original compositions and other files.
Series VI: includes model trains, cars and tracks belonging to Dmitri Nabokov.
Series VII: includes photographs of Vladimir, Véra and Dmitri Nabokov, as well as a few photographs of others.
Series VIII: ibncludes identification papers of extended Nabokov family members, contracts and notes.
Biographical / Historical
I. Compositions and drafts II. Correspondence III. Notebooks and notes IV. Drawings and sketches V. Digital and audiovisual material VI. Model trains and cars
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Vladimir Nabokov family papers, 1919-2006 (MS Russ 140): Guide
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- January 15, 2019
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- EAD ID
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